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Could the Cavaliers land Antawn Jamison?

Tue, Feb 17, 2009 By

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Antwan JamisonThe trade deadline is coming this Thursday and Danny Ferry made it known that the team and the coaching staff are happy with the current roster.

Cavs GM Danny Ferry told Marc Stein on Sunday night that he’d “be surprised if they did anything at this point.” However, when Ferry made the deal for Szczerbiak, one of the big selling points was that the Cavs could use the contract as an asset this year.

A deal for Antawn Jamison would give the Cavaliers the size they need at the 4 spot and a dynamic scorer. The Wizards are one of the worst teams in the NBA and they will not get much better when Gilbert is back. The Wizards owner is wasting money on a bad team and dealing Jamison will put them slightly below the cap next year.

However, Jamison might give the Cavaliers what they want now and maybe next year. He is 32 now and has 3 years left on his contract after this season. Can he stay healthy and continue to play at such a high level for the next three years?

With the current economic downturn, it makes you wonder if Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is feeling the heat. The Cavaliers are paying close to $19 million in luxury taxes this year. But next year they will go under the luxury-tax threshold if they let Wally walk.

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Tariq Ali, is the founder of CavsNews.com. Tariq grew up watching and playing soccer but his heart was always in Basketball. Tariq arrived in Cleveland in 1993 and turned into a Cavaliers fan since.

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5 Responses to “Could the Cavaliers land Antawn Jamison?”

  1. James says:

    Its such a tough call deciding whether we should pull the trigger on the Jamison deal. When I read that Lebron was enamored of Chris Bosh, and the fact that the Cavs will have the cap space to sign both in 2010, I almost wet myself with glee. That, without question would be a five-peat type of team.

    However, because of the ridiculous bias, overwhelming crybaby support the national media has given to the “Lebron to NY” campaign, there is a tiny voice in the back of my head (coupled with the fact that I am a fan of Cleveland sports teams, and used to big names leaving for greener pastures.) that it is still a very real possibility.

    Thus, the Jamison deal might be that which gets us the ring. Or since , minus Moe Williams, we were a Delonte 3-pointer away from beating the Celtics last year, we wouldn’t have to see Garnet’s overly cliched, shiny face all the time flapping his gums about greatness, overcoming, etc.

    The thing that worries me the most, is how much Lamar Odom absolutely dominated our big men recently. It isnt like our bigs suck, but in that game they got owned. That concerns me heading into a possible LA-Cleveland finals. So, maybe we do need a more athletic big now instead of later.

  2. Tariq Ali says:

    It is a risky move that could payoff well for the Cavaliers this post season. I think we all agree that the Cavaliers at this point can beat the Celtics giving that we have home court. But at the same time, the Celtics are looking to make some moves and they are well aware that they need to do something to beat us in a possible Eastern Conference finals.

    If Danny can pull this trade off then I would go for it and we will worry about his aging knees next year.

  3. Rem says:

    From the great words of Austin Carr himself, “Get that weak stuff out of Here!”. Wally needs to go. Jamison has proven himself time and time again. Mo is the missing link to our team but with Jamison involved on the scoring end it would make us more of a solid team. We cant always rely on The King. New York or not, this is Cleveland’s year. This city needs a championship and I think this trade would be the best for our team this year. Wally cost to much and isn’t consistent. If James is going to stay in this town we have to Win it All this year. 2010 will come soon enough. Who knows what will really happen. I don’t see James leaving a great team for a crappy New York team. Unless his ego is bigger then the game it self.

  4. if cavs make jamison trade. they will be the most elite team in the entire league he could easily be the ring bringer. now is the perfect time

  5. oneringtorulethemall says:

    Danny Ferry is really pressed, he better know how to work that damn Blackberry he has! Does someone have his PIN, cuz I’ll BB Message him “PULL THE TRIGGER!”

    The Wiz need to realize that Gilbert Arenas will never be healthy, and they need to move on with ideas of Butler, Arenas, and Jamison dynasty so they can clear cap to help their troubled franchise. Jamison needs to be traded. Now to help the Wiz, the Cavs need to deal a couple players besides just Wally. I’m thinking another 8-10 player trade.

    Amare is impossible, and Camby is a trade that is way too expensive for the Cavs. But if another team gets involved, well something could work like with the Wiz.

    Every team needs to benefit with future talent, salary, and lux tax relief.

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